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Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield round five day two preview - Tatura v Old Students

By Tyler Maher

The washed out first day of round five Haisman Shield action has allowed Tatura to award one of its future stars an A-grade debut.

Will Russell's first taste of top tier Cricket Shepparton action is set to take place tomorrow at Howley Oval, with an injury to a teammate paving the way for the late change.

“It was a no-brainer to bring Will in with all of the hard work he's been putting in,” Tatura captain Michael Archer said.

“Hopefully he goes well, but even if he doesn't he's a long-term player and is going to be a gun.

“He'll bat middle to lower order and will probably bowl a few overs in the two-dayers.”

Russell, 16, earned his debut on the back of a quick-fire 42 in B-grade last time out, and has also taken four wickets across his past two matches.

Archer expects the red ball one-day conditions to suit his pace attack tomorrow against Old Students, with bowlers able to generate much more swing than with the white ball.

“The red ball will probably play into the hands of Jayden (Armstrong) and Bailey (Archer),” he said.

“There will be a lot of energy in the field, (Will) will be up and about and the boys will get around him.”

The Students went down to Kyabram last round, but have named former captain Luke McPhillamy for his first A-grade game of the season after hitting 50 and 36 in a pair of B-grade games.